By now everyone probably knows that you can create a SharePoint 2013 environment on Azure. However, did you know you can create a SharePoint 2010 environment as well? Since there is no default image for SharePoint 2010 to select when you are creating a VM, you can create your own reusable VM that has SharePoint 2010 image to accomplish this.
Remember, if you run into any issues, check out my SharePoint & Azure “gotchas” post for some troubleshooting advice.
SharePoint 2010 Deployment on Windows Azure Machines – a bit older, 2012